Books in My Bag: Thanksgiving Edition

by Kim on November 26, 2014 · 8 comments

books in my bag thanksgiving

Later this afternoon, as soon as we can both get off work, the boyfriend and I heading back to my parents’ house in the Twin Cities for Thanksgiving. My family has a pretty average Thanksgiving celebration — turkey and all the fixings, plus football on tv and long afternoon naps. My sister and I might head out to do some shopping on Friday afternoon, and we have a surprise planned for my mom on Saturday, but otherwise I think it’ll be a long, relaxing weekend.

If I’m lucky, I’ll also be able to squeeze in a bit of reading time. I brought home a bunch of books, so I’ll at least have options to choose from. Here’s what’s in my bag:

  • The News Sorority by Sheila Weller (nonfiction) — I’ve been making steady progress through this book about Diane Sawyer, Christiane Amanpour, and Katie Couric that also looks at the state of women in journalism. It’s good, but a little dry.
  • Minneapolis Madams by Penny Petersen (nonfiction) — I am going to eventually get around to reading this book, all about the secret history of Minneapolis’ red light district, soon. I promise.
  • The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion by Meghan Daum (essays) — I don’t know a ton about this collection, I can’t even remember how I heard about it, but the jacket copy says Daum “pushes back against the false sentimentality and shrink-wrapped platitudes that surround so much of contemporary American experience” — sounds perfect for the holidays, right?
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (fiction) — This book is the November Riot Read and I’m super psyched to read it. I’m a few chapters in and it’s really amazing so far.
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (fiction) — I splurged and bought this one early last week… the buzz got to be too much. Fingers crossed I can make some time for it.

While that’s still more books that I can possibly read, I like to have options. Have a wonderful holiday, for those celebrating, and see you on the other side!


nonfiction november 2014Oh, November, You’ve gone so quickly. I’m sad about that, since talking about nonfiction all month has been so fun. The host for our final week of Nonfiction November is Katie (Doing Dewey). The purpose of this week is to look back on the month and share some of the books that caught your attention:

New to My TBR: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book!

Even though I’ve been awfully slow to leave comments on all of the posts, I’ve really tried to read all of them. As I read and jotted down books that sounded interesting, I notice two things — there were a ton of books I have on my shelves that I just haven’t read it, and a ton of books I hadn’t even heard of. Here’s are five of each.

Five Books Already on My Shelves

Five Books Added to My Shelves

There are many, many more books that caught my attention that I could have included, but that’s what I’ve got. I’ll definitely be revisiting the wrap-up posts for each week when I need more recommendations!

One last reminder that our Nonfiction November Twitter hashtag is #nonficnov. The conversation there is awesome.

Finally, a huge thank you to my co-hosts: Leslie (Regular Rumination), Katie (Doing Dewey) and Rebecca (I’m Lost In Books). This month would not have happened without their hard work and enthusiasm. I don’t think Leslie and I could have manged it ourselves this year, so I am so grateful that Katie and Becca joined us. Check back for a wrap-up for this week from Katie.

And thanks to all of you who have participated this month. I can’t believe how much it grew from last year, and how many different people participated. It’s been so much fun.


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